Sally Ride Day
Sunday, May 26, 2019
This week for the Aspire & Inspire team's Buddy Support Group Challenge we were asked to blog about a) Sally Ride Day or b) May being National Recommitment month or c) blog about what we want. As you can tell by the title of my blog, I chose to blog about Sally Ride Day.
May 26th is Sally Ride Day. Sally Ride Day honors the first American woman astronaut to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished this feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle "Challenger". STS-7 was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983. Celebrate Sally Ride Day by learning more about the U.S. space program and NASA. Do you find the U.S. space program interesting? Have you ever visited a NASA center?
I am a nerd/geek to the core! I have many interests but my heart definitely belongs to science and math. I can remember watching every space shuttle that was launched as a kid and then when Sally Ride was the first female to be an astronaut I was elated! When Krista McAuliffe, a teacher, was going to get to be on a Challenger flight, I thought it might actually be possible to become an astronaut. I thought it would be so cool to be an astronaut, to visit the moon, to ride in space, to visit other planets, etc. I was good in math in school but science wasn't necessarily a subject that came easily to me.
When I graduated from high school my dad and his wife took me to Disney World. We spent a week in Florida or maybe it was 2 weeks. Anyway, we went to see many things but one of the most interesting places we visited was the Kennedy Space Center. It was so cool and could have spent a couple of days there looking at and learning everything I could possibly absorb in my mind. It's a visit that still sticks out in my mind!
In college I had started out getting my Associate Degrees in Business Administration and also Computer Information Systems (CIS). After completing these degrees I transferred to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I ended up deciding to change majors to Computer Science. This degree required much more science and math. I was so scared of taking Calculus based Physics but I ended up loving it and doing alright with it. Of course, it would have been nice to be an astronaut but I have a little appreciation for the science the astronauts must have to know in order to become an astronaut. If I get a chance to go to another city/state for vacation that has a NASA center, I will definitely take advantage and visit a NASA center!